Exchange experiences – Breaking out of the academic routine 2

In the second post of this week’s theme, we follow up on the experiences of two RUG students studying abroad. In their last post, Julian and Pia wrote about their motivation for choosing their host universities as well as the selection procedure and preparation. Now, read about their first impressions of their new environments. Have their expectations been met?

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Career choice, study drop out and identity development: The gains of the opportunity to change majors for students and society

As all university students and teachers will have noticed by now, the Dutch government aims to reduce the student drop out in higher education. In this blog post, it is argued that blocking the possibility to change majors in university is detrimental for individual’s identity development, and in the long run for society as well.

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Mindlinks – An overview of 2014

We are very happy to announce our new column called Mindlinks. Every month we bring you the latest news from the world of Psychology and share a collection of links we find interesting, exciting, or funny. To start with, I would like to share my favorite 14 news items of the year 2014.

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Psychology improves learning: It’s still boring, but your test results will be higher

Exam grades can be improved by a full grade point if one learns factual knowledge using a method based on learning principles from cognitive psychology. This method, developed in the Experimental Psychology group, is now offered by Noordhoff Publishers as part of their online learning system for secondary education.

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